Dallas Mavericks vs. Detroit Pistons - 12/12/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Location: Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, MX
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas -4
Luke Kennard and the Detroit Pistons (10-14, 3rd in the Central Division) play the Dallas Mavericks (16-7, 1st in the Southwest Division) at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City on Thursday, December 12, 2019. Dallas opens this contest as 4 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 221.5.
The Mavericks cover 60.9% of the time, having gone 14-9-0 ATS. Detroit is covering 43.5% of the time, going 10-13-1 against the spread.
Key Dallas Mavericks Injuries
12/9/2019 Delon Wright PG Thigh Game Time Decision
Key Detroit Pistons Injuries
12/4/2019 Reggie Jackson PG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 23
11/13/2019 Khyri Thomas SG Foot Expected to be out until at least Jan 1
Kristaps Porzingis averages 16.4 points per game in 30.2 minutes per contest. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 8.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 40% for the year while his free throw percentage is 70%. Luka Doncic comes into this contest averaging 30.0 points per game while playing 33.4 minutes per night. He pulls down 9.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 9.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is at 81%.
Andre Drummond averages 17.5 points per game and he sees the court an average of 33.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 16.7 rebounds per contest and 3.0 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 54% and his free throw percentage is 64%. Luke Kennard averages 16.3 points per game while playing 32.8 minutes per contest. He grabs 3.4 rebounds per game and has 4.2 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 90%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Mavericks allow 108.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc, ranking them 12th and 5th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.9 rebounds a game which ranks 9th, and they give up 22.9 assists per contest which puts them in 9th place in the league. They force 12.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league. Dallas averages 118.0 points per contest this season, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 9.7 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team, which has them ranked 8th. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 13th in the league. They average 47.7 rebounds per game and 24.3 assists per contest, which ranks them 4th and 15th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 30th with 12.9 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Pistons surrender 108.3 points per contest, which ranks them 12th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 20th and 17th in those defensive statistics. They rank 21st with 24.9 assists allowed per contest, and 3rd with 41.3 rebounds surrendered per game. The Pistons are 7th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.0 per game. Detroit is 20th in the league with 108.6 points per game this year. They are 6th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 0.3. They shoot 39% from 3-point range, which is good for 1st in the NBA. They are 24th in the league in rebounding with 43.2 boards per game and 10th in assists per contest with 24.8. The Pistons are 4th in turnovers per game with 16.5.
The Mavericks are 1st in the NBA in offensive rating with 117.9, and their defensive rating of 108.2 is ranked 14th. In terms of pace they are 20th in the league with 99.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 4th. As a team they are 3rd in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 45% of their shots, ranking 2nd in the league. Dallas is 30th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 20th in the league.
Detroit is 3rd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 12th in the league. The Pistons are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.9, and their defensive rating of 109.5 is ranked 17th. In terms of pace they are 24th in the league with 98.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 5th. As a team they are 6th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Mavericks/Pistons NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Dallas -4
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